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Hong Kong
Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange/Lake Charles, USA
Marine works in the Hung Hom Fairway
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Hong Kong
From 23 June and for approximately 8 months, marine works involving dredging, immersed tunnel unit installation and backfilling operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H):
(A) 22 deg. 17.965’N / 114 deg. 10.955’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.904’N / 114 deg. 10.955’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.826’N / 114 deg. 10.976’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.554’N / 114 deg. 10.038’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.507’N / 114 deg. 10.939’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.777’N / 114 deg. 10.886’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.910’N / 114 deg. 10.864’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.949’N / 114 deg. 10.864’ETo alleviate the impact to marine traffic in the Hung Hom Fairway arising from the marine works, a section of the fairway will be temporarily diverted southwards with boundaries joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (J) to (R):
(J) 22 deg. 17.974’N / 114 deg. 11.456’E
(K) 22 deg. 17.728’N / 114 deg. 11.571’E
(L) 22 deg. 17.389’N / 114 deg. 11.075’E
(M) 22 deg. 17.339’N / 114 deg. 10.968’E
(N) 22 deg. 17.283’N / 114 deg. 10.462’E
(O) 22 deg. 17.483’N / 114 deg. 10.409’E
(P) 22 deg. 17.493’N / 114 deg. 10.909’E
(Q) 22 deg. 17.507’N / 114 deg. 10.939’E
(R) 22 deg. 17.554’N / 114 deg. 10.038’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one dredger, two hopper barges, one flat top barge, four dumb lighters, one work boat, two special purpose vessels, four tugboats and two guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each dredger, barge and lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger, barges and lighters.

The works will be carried out round-the-clock.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Port Condition Whiskey set
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange/Lake Charles, USA
Effective at 10:30am, 20 June 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Port Arthur has set Port Condition WHISKEY for the port(s) of Beaumont, TX, Port Arthur, TX, Orange, TX and Lake Charles, LA including all tributaries and connecting waterways.

The effects from Potential Tropical Cyclone Three are expected to make landfall along the coast of southeast Texas and western Louisiana within 72 hours.

The following restrictions apply:

  1. All cargo transfer operations must be completed before sustained winds reach gale force (34 kts / 39 mph).
  2. All commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons and all seagoing tugs and barges intending to remain in port must immediately notify the Captain of the Port of their intentions and submit a Remaining In Port Checklist to the Captain of the Port.
  3. Vessels bound for the affected ports which are unable to depart prior to the closing of the port are advised to seek an alternate destination.

A guide entitled “Hurricane Information for the Maritime Industry” is available to assist in planning for hurricane season. Remaining In Port Checklists are available from the Vessel Traffic Service website at http://www.uscg.mil/d8/vtsportarthur, HOMEPORT (http://homeport.uscg.mil) or by calling the VTS Watch Supervisor at (409) 719-5070. Completed forms may be faxed to the VTS at (409) 719-5090 or e-mailed to vtspa_sup@msoportarthur.uscg.mil.

Vessels are advised to seek safe harbor in the northern reaches of the waterway. Survey places to moor or anchor to safely ride out a tropical storm or hurricane, and make available the necessary heavy weather mooring gear. Vessels shall not moor in locations that impede the safe transit of vessels in the channel. By regulation, vessels intending to moor at 33 CFR 105 facilities must have an agreed upon security arrangement with the facility prior to the vessels mooring.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source:  U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur TX, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-17 dated 20 June 2017

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